This article examines how embodied experience and the accompanying emotions help social movement allies to forge collective identity. The analysis is based on the Migrant Trail, an annual protest event in which allies of the border-justice movement spend a week walking seventy-five miles through the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to protest migrant deaths. Original data include four years of participant observation, interviews conducted during the 2011 Migrant Trail, and surveys conducted a year and a half after the event. Findings suggest that embodied and emotional experiences help allies overcome challenges such as social distance from beneficiaries, a lack of credibility in the movement, and no lineage of resistance. This study contributes to an understanding of collective identity formation among allies and offers an illustrative case for the important role embodiment plays in the emotions of collective action.
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Research Article| April 02 2014
Allies Forging Collective Identity: Embodiment and Emotions on the Migrant Trail
Mobilization: An International Quarterly (2014) 19 (1): 67–82.
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Chandra Russo; Allies Forging Collective Identity: Embodiment and Emotions on the Migrant Trail. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 February 2014; 19 (1): 67–82. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/maiq.19.1.e541814nt57q31t0
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